Wednesday, February 27, 2008

J.K. & Co. - Suddenly One Summer (1968)

Η Sundazed έβγαλε το cd από αυτό το καθ’όλα άγνωστο Καναδέζικο γκρουπ. Σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες «ηγέτης» του γκρουπ ήταν ένα 15χρονο παιδί, ο Jay Kaye γεγονός που σίγουρα προκαλεί κατάπληξη, ιδίως αφού ακουστεί ο δίσκος. Ακούστε για παράδειγμα το κομμάτι «O.D.» και θα καταλάβετε. «Υποκλίνομαι» στο ταλέντο αυτού του παιδιού.

The history of J.K. & Co. was little known, the details etched in admirably by Sundazed's CD reissue of their only album. The group was led by Jay Kaye, who was only 15 when he assembled J.K. & Co. in early 1968. With assistance from arranger Robert Buckley (also still in his teens), producer Robin Spurgin, and session musicians, he recorded a little-known album, Suddenly One Summer, for White Whale in Vancouver (to where he had briefly relocated from Las Vegas). His florid, melodic songwriting betrayed obvious debts to Donovan and George Harrison; his low-key vocals also recall George's late Beatle efforts. The sappier excesses of his lyrics haven't dated well, but his soothing arrangements (with low-key organs and saxes), beguiling melodies, and good-hearted, meditative ambience make him one of the worthier obscurities of the late '60s.
As a band, J.K. & Co. didn't really exist until after the album was completed, and Kaye formed a group to play the material live that included his cousin John Kaye on bass. Although the LP got a little bit of exposure on Californian underground radio stations, it was not well-promoted and remains barely known, even by many psych-heads. Their career was not aided by the label's bizarre decision to pull a 36-second-long track, the instrumental introductory piece "Break of Dawn," as the single. While they did play live in California, they broke up around the end of the 1960s, without releasing any more recordings. (Written by Richie Unterberger)
1 Break Of Dawn
2 Fly
3 Little Children
4 Christine
5 Speed
6 Crystal Ball
7 Nobody
8 O.D.
9 Land Of Sensations & Delights
10 Times, The
11 Magical Fingers Of Minerva
12 Dead


Gary said...

I had this album when I was 16 years old. (I'm 56 now.) Thank you so very much for making it available. You have given me a piece of my past.

E.Man said...


Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Roger said...

I loved this album when it first came out. Amazing job for such a young artist. Thanks for the memories.

TheRedHippieTeenager said...

Thank You so very much :D have heard wonders of this Album!